Getting started

To run your first course you will either participate in an event or create you own course.

If you will participate in an event, then someone else has created and published the course and you need to download it. For more info, see ‘Event/Participate in an event’.

If you want to create a course on your own and run it, then do the following:
1. You need a digital orienteering map that is georeferenced. There are some alternatives (see ‘App functions/Maps’ for more info):

  • Check with your club if they already have a georeferenced map for the app.
  • Your club may have a georeferenced map from a map tool, like OCAD or Condes and then you can this map with georef data (kmz, kml or world file). Or you can georeference the map yourself.
  • Or you can search for maps on the internet or scan a  paper map, that you georeference yourself.

2. You can create a course in different ways (see ‘App functions/Courses’ for details):

  • Create the course from scratch in the app. Create ‘New course’, add the control points and export a course map for printing.
  • Import a course that you have created with another tool, like OCAD, Condes or PurplePen in gpx, kml or kmz format.
  • Copy an existing course and make changes to the course.

3. Now you are ready to run the course. Select your course, start the race and wait until the GPS has contact and the accuracy is about 15 meter or better (is shown in top right corner). Put the smartphone on your arm, take your compass and paper map and move to the starting point. The app will beep at the starting point and the race is on.

4. Run to the control points, one by one. The app will punch and beep automatically when you reach the control points.

5. When you have reached the finish point, the result will be saved and you can see it under ‘Result’. For more info, see ‘App functions/All results’.